Jackie McNamara claims that Rangers attacker Greg Stewart is facing a fight to remain in Steven Gerrard’s squad despite being used regularly in recent weeks.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the 29-year-old’s recent appearances have come as a result of injuries elsewhere at Ibrox, with the likes of Ryan Kent and Jordan Jones currently out through injury.
Stewart started Rangers’ last league game against Aberdeen, scoring and assisting in a 5-0 win over his former side, while he also appeared as a substitute against St Johnstone and Young Boys.
With other attacking options set to return to action for Gerrard after the international break, McNamara says that Stewart is facing a battle to try and keep his place in the squad despite some impressive performances.
McNamara told Football Insider: “He’s featured in the last couple, but that’s obviously down to injuries with the likes of (Ryan) Kent and others, so he needs to rely on his squad in terms of form right now.
“He’s getting a bit of game time now and he’ll want to stay in and do well.”
Stewart, who arrived at Ibrox on a free transfer from Birmingham City this summer, has already played nine times for the Gers, but has been in and out of the squad throughout the campaign.
Naturally a centre forward, Steven Gerrard has utilised the 29-year-old on both wings as well as an attacking midfielder so far, with Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe the manager’s first-choice centre-forwards.
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